A "burl" is a tree growth that grows in a deformed manner. It is highly dense and resists well to cracking and splitting and has the most gorgeous movement of swirls and knots in the grain. I find that when furniture makers lacquer over the burl, it creates the most gorgeous glow in the wood and really brings the piece into the modern era.
Via Coco Kelly
Theodore Alexander Cocktail Table
Via The Aestate
Jonathan Adler Burl and Lucite Buffet
Jonathan Adler Burl and Lucite Desk
Pacific Connections Boxes